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Serious fun for K-3 readers

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerK-3Reading By Sheri Boggs If you’re a parent or teacher of a grade schooler, you’ve probably heard the term “summer slide,” sometimes also called “summer learning loss.” Summer slide refers to what happens to student brains when they are inactive over the three months of summer vacation. Although kids are getting a much needed break, they […]

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Confessions from a book lover

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Confessions_Erin By Erin Dodge Confession #1: I love books. I’ve had a book (or three) in my hand, in my backpack, or on my nightstand since the time I figured out letters combined to make words. Confession #2: I’m fairly new to eBooks. Seems contradictory, right? Even though I’ve had a Kindle for a few years, I […]

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The dirt on gardening with kids

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TheDirt By Rachel Edmondson I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: I do not have a green thumb. Nowhere close to it. That said, we have a small, raised garden bed in our backyard, and each year we’ve attempted to grow a few vegetables with varying success. Before our kids came into our life, […]

Islam 101: suggested reading from David Fenner

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Islam101   By David Wyatt What does it mean to be Muslim in a modern world? What if much of what we believe about Islam is incomplete or simply wrong? This Thursday, scholar David Fenner will speak on Islam and the many aspects that form the substance of its rich culture, traditions, and way of life. […]

Family mystery solved at the library

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_FamilyMysterySolvedAtLibrary By Gwendolyn Haley Recently, my father and I were trying to solve a family mystery. He is the sole surviving grandchild on his mother’s side. So if he doesn’t remember something about the family, there is no one left to ask who would know. In our collective family knowledge, we were aware that his grandfather […]

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The world is not ending: non-dystopian teen reads

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_NonDystopianReads By Kelsey Hudson The world is not ending—at least not yet—but sometimes it can feel that way, especially after I’ve read three or four dystopian novels in a row. I love a good dystopian tale as much as the next person, but I think there comes a time when even the most die-hard fan needs […]

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The Last Full Measure: Q&A with Local Author Trent Reedy

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TrentReedy By Sheri Boggs The United States are no longer united. In the wake of the Second Civil War, the once great nation is in shambles. And as the Republic of Idaho emerges alongside other newly formed, formerly American countries, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Local author Trent Reedy concludes his stunning […]

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Music and conspiracy theories: a primer

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_MusicConspiracy2 By Brian Vander Veen Sometime during the tail-end of the 80s, my middle-school youth group made us watch a grainy VHS documentary about the evils of contemporary music. The presenter played samples of music that, slowed down and backwards, might have sounded vaguely like blasphemous utterings. He picked apart various band names and album covers, […]

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Get caught reading!

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

GetCaughtReading_Post By Rachel Edmondson My first introduction to the Get Caught Reading campaign was the posters that adorned our libraries’ walls. Throughout the years, various celebrities have participated in this campaign by being photographed reading a favorite book and then allowing the celebrity posters to be distributed for free to schools and libraries. You […]

Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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